It's Okay To Be Different Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"I would recommend this book for the early primary grades, kindergarten through first grade. It can be implemented into all grade levels, but is at an early primary grade independent reading level. I would categorize it as contemporary realistic fiction.

I absolutely love Todd Parr! I love how you can see the cover of one of his books, and instantly know that it is his. I think it is brilliant to use random colors when coloring in objects and people. This way people are not feeling discriminated, and the reader is focusing on the message rather than the skin color. I love how it embraces originality and explains that it is “okay” to be different! We don’t all want to be the same anyway, or we would all look and act like robots. This book could be incorporated into all grade level classes to stress individuality.
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" This is a book that I always recommend to other teachers. This book discusses the importance of accepting each others differences. My students use the art and writing style to write about what makes them unique. " said.

"When our grandson visits us, everyone in town knows him – because he stands out. In any group of kids, he towered over his fellow three-year-olds and went nose to nose with seven and eight-year-olds. His skin colour is different too: in a rural village originally settled by Mi’kmaq (formerly MicMac) and then Scots, his half-Jamaican ancestry is very noticeable. So when I heard about It’s Okay to Be Different, I immediately reserved it at the library.

Everybody wants to belong – especially kids. So when a child is “different” from the others in his or her group, it can be easy for them to feel bad about themselves. Todd Parr wants every kid to know “You are special and important just because of being who are”, and he’s written It’s Okay To Be Different to get that message across.

Illustrated by the author with outlined-in-black figures that are painted with bright primary colours—blue faces, orange hair and so on—this book delivers the message in short, clear statements: it’s okay to have a different nose, it’s okay to wear glasses, to have an invisible friend, to have different moms or different dads, to be embarrassed, to be a different color…. I’m not able to imagine a situation Parr didn’t cover in these 30 pages.

Although I don’t agree completely with Parr (I don’t think it’s okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub, but that’s me – I’m a mean old mom), I love the statement this book makes. I think you’ll want to buy this one so you can re-read it many times. A solid 4 stars.
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"I absolutely LOVE this book by Todd Parr. This read is not very long or not very complex, but the overall message is fabulous! No actual characters are named in the book, but each page has a different illustration. I love the fact that the illustrations are kid friendly and look like he got a kid to draw them! Kids love that sort of stuff! The pages list different things such as: Its okay to be a different color, have no hair, have wheels, wear glasses, be from a different place, have different moms and dads. I believe this would be a great book to share in a classroom full of young children. Some kids go through rough times at this age when they feel different or excluded. This book shows that everyone is different and that it is okay. At the end of the book, it reads that "It's okay to have different kinds of friends". I believe this is a great message and great concept for the children's book that I am writing. By not only telling your students this, but by actually demonstrating it in the classroom, your students will be more diverse in their ways of thinking and more open to new friends and ideas. I believe you could tell your students to go to their seat and grab some colored paper and think of their own "Its okay too ____ " . Each of your students should have different answers simply because each student is different from the other. The author does a great job in making this text easy to read and simple to understand for younger students, but the message can be used for students of all ages. Todd Parr has several other books such as the feel good book and the peace book. All of his books are great for the young readers and portray a great message. I would definitely recommend this book for my kindergarten class. " said.

"This children's fiction book discusses the topic of being different. The author, Todd Parr, brings up many aspects of human differences and lets the audience know that it is okay to be different. Parr provides many examples of this (ex. "It's okay to be a different color", "It's okay to be adopted", etc.) He also stresses the importance of embracing our special and unique differences that makes us who we are. This can specifically be seen in the ending where Parr, himself, writes a letter to the audience. ("It's okay to be different. You are special and important just because of being who you are.")

As a teacher, I can incorporate this book in all aspects of the classroom. A classroom is going to consist of many different students. There isn't going to be two students that are the same, and sometimes, there will be situations where students may feel that being different is "different". I would use this book as well as my support to let that student know that it is great to be unique and special. I could also use this book to teach multiculturalism. I know that there are some schools that actually require you to teach a multicultural segment throughout the year. This is a great book to start the segment off with because it goes quickly into some of the many topics that you can branch out with. (ex. "It's okay to have no hair.", It's okay to have wheels.", "It's okay to come from a different place.") The colorful illustrations also help grasp the reader's attention, thus enhancing the reader's experience with the book.

In regards to the author, Todd Parr, he relates to the book just like everyone else in the world. This book is very universal because it doesn't limit itself to one culture. Instead it goes into the broad category of "having differences and being unique", and I feel that Parr as well as everyone in the world has a background with this book.
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" Teaches children it is okay to be different. We are all special. " said.

" I also love this one for introducing differences to children. " said.

" The Spanish version of this book is my "mystery reader" book for O&E class for their fall curriculum. " said.

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